Knight Arts Challenge Contest Opens For Applications Through March 2, 2011

Knight Arts Challenge Contest Opens For Applications

Starting today, South Floridians can begin applying for a share of millions in funding through the fourth annual Knight Arts Challenge. The community-wide contest to find the best ideas for the arts in South Florida is sponsored by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation.

Applications will be accepted through March 2 at

There are only three rules for applying: The idea is about the arts; the project takes place in or benefits South Florida; and applicants must find other funding to match the Knight Foundation grant.

Individuals, nonprofits and for profit organizations are eligible to apply.
In just three years, Knight Foundation has invested $17.5 million in projects for the Challenge, which aims to bring South Florida together through the arts. Local arts supporters are doubling that amount with matching funds.

In 2010, the winning ideas included commissioning original films telling unique Miami stories through the Borscht Film Festival, exposing 130,000 Miami-Dade students to the arts through an annual field trip and promoting traditional Haitian art through a youth training program in Homestead.

“This contest is about innovative ideas, artistic excellence and inspiring our community. The best projects will help weave culture into the everyday fabric of this region. We want to hear from everyone with a great idea,” said Dennis Scholl, Miami program director for Knight Foundation, who leads the initiative.

Have an idea? Visit through March 2. The two-question application is designed to be simple to attract applicants who aren’t traditional grant seekers.

About the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation
The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation advances journalism in the digital age and invests in the vitality of communities where the Knight brothers owned newspapers. Knight Foundation focuses on projects that promote informed and engaged communities and lead to transformational change. For more, visit

Posted in News